What I do
I created this area to describe the work I enjoy and how I go about it. My first shot at this was trying to illustrate the process of making an aviation painting destined to be submitted to the Guild of Aviation Artists Summer 2012 exhibition. I now include a similar "day by day" account of the creation of a wildlife painting. So instead of propellers and people the problem now is fur and rocks!

I've had a couple of cracks at wildlife before as you have seen on this site and at www.painters-online.co.uk where I have posted similar images. This time I was inspired to try the Leopard after attending a workshop given by Chris Jones at the Nature in Art Museum in Gloucester. Chris is an internationally known artist and a very good teacher. Although the course was "Painting fur and feathers in acrylics", I've taken some of his advice and used it to provide a framework for this oil painting.

The Finished Article

Whiskers and all!
Final Leopard
7 days into the project (not counting drying days) and the Leopard is finished. On this last day I have finished off the tail and added the whiskers. Not too much detail on these, again you're viewing the cat from a fair distance. I'm not completely convinced I have them right but I'll leave it for a week or so and look again. It won't be so difficult to scrape them away and adjust if necessary. This last day has been spent on more glazing of the haunch and back legs and feet. Adding highlights to the tail and feet, some adjustments to the lighting on the front paws and left leg and the area under the head. I haven't used thick paint anywhere and so this painting should be fully dry and ready for varnishing in about a month to 6 weeks. In the meantime because the glazes are still tacky I'll turn it's face to the wall to prevent dust settling on the surface and to give me chance to forget about it until varnishing day. What's the betting I'll decide to change something!! I hope this has been of some use to you and would be delighted to hear any comments you might have. Next is a Siberian tiger!